Bagan Temples and Nature Exploration

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

10 hours    English    Bagan

tour highlights

  • Visit of Shwesandaw Pagoda, Shwezigon and Ananda Pagoda
  • Observe the flying fox in Nyaung Hla Village and explore the village
  • Visit the Lawkananda wildlife sanctuary and get to know more about the nature

tour details

By participating in this tour you will be contributing towards community-based conservation of the flying fox colony in Nyaung Hla. Visit the famous temples of Bagan and explore the Lawkananda wildlife sanctuary to learn about captive breeding populations of the Burmese star tortoise.

Why choose this tour?

  • Getting to know the pure nature of Lawkananda wildlife sanctuary and Burmese captive breeding populations
  • Conservative CBT program to support the flying fox colony in Nyaung Hla

tour description

Start the sightseeing with a visit to Shwesandaw which was built by King Anawrahta in 825 AD. Then, continue to Shwezigon, a huge gilded temple built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. Ananda temple, a masterpiece of Mon-style architecture with four huge standing Buddha's and an adjacent brick monastery with well-preserved 18th century murals is visited later.

Lunch at Sanon Restaurant

After lunch, visit Nyaung Hla village (30 minutes' drive), which is the roost location for the giant flying fox (Pteropus giganteus). The spectacular colony is home to some 3500 individuals, which live in vast rain trees located in the heart of the village and adjacent to the river. Due to seasonal variations, there are more bats in the rainy season. The colony started in 1998 and so far, is increasing in numbers. We ask you to observe those bats but please never disturb them by clapping or making loud noises. They are a natural treasure for the village and for Myanmar.
From the village, return to Bagan. Visit Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary in which teak trees, non-native species to this dry zone area, have been planted. It was established in 1997 and covers an area of 47sqm. The sanctuary is home to captive breeding populations of the Burmese star tortoise, Eld's deer and other rare species.
After visiting the park, we will take a walk to nearby Lawkananda pagoda built by King Anawrahta in 1059 AD and located on the bank of the Ayeyarwady river. The sunset across the river and gilded stupa will create a marvelous picture.

customise the tour

  • Combine with Bagan half-day excursion
  • Take the nice picutres of wildlife including rare and endangered species
  • Feed and get closer to the animals in the sanctuary


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Lunch
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Bagan Zone Fee


  • By participating in this tour you will be contributing towards community-based conservation of the flying fox colony in Nyaung Hla. We are very grateful to Dr. Paul Bates and Beatrix Lanzinger for the provision of their expertise and also to Paul and Dr Thein Aung for the beautiful pictures. The programme is partially supported by Harrison Institute, Centre for Systematics and Biodiversity Research and the Darwin Initiative of the UK government.
  • Please note there will be supplement during the water festival period from 13-17 April. Price to be advised on request.
Tour code: EXBFTNEB

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